You’re 18 years old and just graduated from high school. You can serve in the nation’s armed forces. You can marry your high school sweetheart and become a parent. If you commit a crime, you’ll be tried as an adult.
But you can’t legally deliver a load hauled by a commercial truck across a state line.
It will take rewriting a sheaf of regulations and presenting a compelling business case on safety and fuel-economy gains to fleet operators before a Level 3 autonomous truck, like the Freightliner Inspiration demonstration truck, becomes a production tractor.
That’s why Daimler Truck North America is offering no timeline to when such a truck will be available to buy.
There is also little chance the retailer is paying for the delivery. What's probably happening is that the freight company is getting paid less, and that cannot last. Truck driving, like so many blue-collar jobs, is facing a worker shortage brought on by wages trailing inflation and a society that has lost respect for the men and women who operate 80,000-pound pieces of equipment that quickly deliver almost any product we desire with an enviable safety record.